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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Veteran cornerback Fletcher signs with Bengals

By Len Pasquarelli

With their secondary battered, the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday signed ninth-year veteran Jamar Fletcher, a former first-round pick who played last season with the Houston Texans.

Fletcher will be used at nickel cornerback in place of the injured Johnathan Joseph.

Cincinnati will represent the 29-year-old Fletcher's fifth franchise in five years, but he remains a quality player particularly as a nickel defender.

Fletcher, who played in college at the University of Wisconsin, was a first-round choice of the Miami Dolphins in the 2001 draft. He is a veteran of 94 games, including 10 with Houston in 2007.

He has 157 tackles, seven interceptions and 31 passes defensed in stints with Miami (2001-03), San Diego (2004-05), Detroit (2006) and Houston (2007). Arguably, his finest season was with the Lions in 2006.

Details of the contract were not available.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for